The Kingdom of Morocco and Japan held on 7 March 2014, in Rabat, the 5th session of political consultations, co-chaired by Mrs. Mbarka Bouaida, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Mr. Nobuo Kkishi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
During this session, the two Senior Officials welcomed the excellence of the relations of friendship and cooperation that exist between the two countries, at the political, economic, financial, cultural, and technical levels, and reaffirmed their shared willingness to further consolidate them.
The Minister Delegate thanked his Japanese counterpart, for the support that his Government provides to the socio-economic projects carried out in Morocco. She also thanked the Japanese Government for the donations of equipment, and for the technical assistance provided to executives of the Moroccan Administrations.
For his part, the Deputy Minister of Japan welcomed the efforts made by Morocco for its socio-economic development, and reaffirmed Japan’s readiness and commitment to provide further assistance to Morocco, in the framework of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH).
The two Senior Officials have also carried out a detailed exchange of views on several regional and international issues of common interest, in particular, the latest developments relating to the Moroccan Sahara issue, the situation in the Arab world and in South-East Asia, in addition to the fight against terrorism. They also addressed several multilateral issues.
Furthermore, the Minister Delegate laid out the nature of the relations that Morocco maintains with other countries in Africa, while highlighting the Tour of His Majesty the King in the Continent, which concretely reflect the multidimensional anchor of Morocco, vis-à-vis Africa.
Addressing the tripartite cooperation, the Minister Delegate stressed its relevance in the multi-sectoral cooperation programs implemented by Morocco and Japan in Sub-Saharan Africa, within the framework of TICAD.
The Japanese side welcomed the degree of maturity reached by the tripartite cooperation, as evidenced by the eight programs being implemented in various sectors. In this regard, Mr.Nobuo Kishi welcomed the vision and commitment of His Majesty the King vis-à-vis the human, economic and socio-cultural development of sub-Saharan Africa.
This meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the various aspects of the multi-sectoral cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the Joint Cooperation Committee. Both parties noted with satisfaction its positive evolution, since the holding of the last session in 2011.